In what will likely be a preview of the NLCS, two juggernauts face off in Washington today. I wrote that intro in 2016, hopefully still holds up today! In all seriousness though, I would not blame you for skipping this game. The Cubs and Nationals are in a race to the bottom and it’s a dead heat. I also wouldn’t blame you for doubting these offenses. Neither has been scoring well lately and morale is as low as it gets. But let’s keep in mind, they’ve mostly been playing playoff contenders lately. The Nats last 4 series have been against the Phillies, Mets, Cardinals and Dodgers – pretty tough stretch. Despite it, they have getting on base and just not scoring. That’s the type of statistic that confidently predicts future success.
The Cubs don’t quite have the same statistics to back, but what they do have is a good matchup. Anibal Sanchez is making is 5th appearance of the year and none have been pretty. A 7.65 ERA often indicates a bad blowup game but Sanchez has pretty much done the same in each performance. He’ll get through 5 innings if he’s lucky and give up 4-6 runs, regardless of the opponent. So don’t bank on a good team to do well today, bank on a bad teams to do badly, something that’s much easier to be consistent at.
Juice's Prediction: Cubs/Nationals over 8 Runs | +100 at BetMGM